Season 2017-18: Round 1 Preview v North Sydney

Welcome one and all to another fantastic season of Randwick Petersham Cricket!  And have we got a great season ahead!  Strong teams, enthusiastic players, dedicated volunteers and of course, devoted followers and supporters. It’s great to be a part of it! And the good thing is—it all starts THIS SATURDAY!

All 5 NSW Premier Cricket grades will play a one-day limited overs match (50 overs a side) against North Sydney. In 1st Grade it will also be the first round of the 4 match Limited Overs Competition. The second round won’t be until 9 December at Manly Oval.

And a BIG WELCOME to new players. RILEY AYRE a left-arm orthodox spinner from Denman near Scone who has played NSW and Australian under 19s, makes his debut with us as 1st Grade capped player no. 112 while JASON HUGHES an experienced top order right hand batter who has many years of top grade experience & played previously with Mosman & Wests comes into 1st Grade as player no. 113. It’s also welcome to Jamie Hemphrey, an English player from Kent League; Scott Stirling from Queensland; Tom Frith a brother of former 1st Grade capped player Matt Frith; and Bailey Kenzie who played with Manly last season.

And it’s goodbye and good luck to James Psarakis (Wests), Suffan Hassan (Sydney), Sam Wood (Sydney Uni.) and Rehaan Nawaz (North Sydney) who have joined other clubs while James Tyson, Matt Wallis and Karl Schuber enter into well-earned retirement. Sam Mackay has returned to Queensland while Max Moran is having a break from the game. Thanks for your contribution to the club and especially in the case of our “retirees” who have served so well over the years.

Another loss this season is Nathan Price (5,116 runs in 1st Grade) who has elected to remain and play in Newcastle. However, he will join us once again in the Twenty20 competition which starts on 29 October. Jake Scicluna, who was originally expected to remain in the UK will be back mid-October and ready to go.

FIRST ROUND RECORD and CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP: In our 16 seasons we have achieved a fantastic record in the first game of a season. In the 80 matches covering the five grades we have won 49 with one tie, lost 22 and drawn 8. 3rd Grade has the best record winning the first game 12 times followed by 5ths with 11, 1sts with 10 and a tie, 2nds with 8 and 4th Grade with 8 from 16. Last year we won four of the five against Fairfield-Liverpool with only 2nd Grade losing. After that round we were fourth in the Club Championship but unfortunately, it was all downhill from there eventually finishing 11th—the same as the previous two seasons. We are certainly not looking to finish 11th again this season and only a place well higher than that will suffice. Norths were 18th last season and have not been overly strong in recent years. Our clash with Norths last season resulted in a GREENWASH—wins in all 5 grades! Can we do it again??? Let’s hope we can get away to a flier and put some space between us and the other clubs in the battle for Club Championship honours.

1st GRADE is at Coogee Oval: We again start the season with a match at Coogee Oval.  Last year in round 1 the wicket was a beauty with our boys scoring 7-332 in the 50 overs after being sent in. A new third wicket partnership of 217 between Anthony Sams (152) and Jake Scicluna (89) was created. Liverpool responded with 323 to give us the win by a narrow 9 runs. A match with 655 runs scored in the day off 100 overs! Alex Kemp’s boys will be looking to repeat the dose this Saturday. Against North Sydney we have a solid record with 11 wins out of 18 matches with only 4 losses. We have won the past 5 clashes. Last season we beat Norths 2-176 to 9-174cc with skipper Kemp hitting one of the fastest ever centuries with 104* off just 68 balls including 14 fours and 5 sixes. We finished 7th and they finished 18th in last year’s competition.

Adam Semple is on the cusp of greatness having scored 4,818 runs and taken 247 wickets in 1st Grade. Should he pass the 5,000 runs / 250 wickets double he will move into the list of the greatest 60 all-rounders in Sydney Premier Cricket history. Go Adam!

Riley Ayre and Jason Hughes make their debut with the club in 1sts.

We have narrowly missed a spot in the finals the past 4 seasons. Chance to amend that record with some early points this season.

Our ambition remains the 1st Grade Belvidere Cup. With three runners-up prizes, a third place once and fourth twice, we have been knocking on the door for years and our time can’t be far off. Let’s hope this is our year!

2nd GRADE is at Bon Andrews Oval (Nth Sydney no. 2): Tom Holland will captain the side again this season. We finished 15th last season with Norths 18th. Over the years we have clashed 14 times recording 7 wins (2 outright) and 6 losses. Last year we beat them 4-194 to 190 at Petersham Oval. The first round team is a blend of youth and experience. Fast bowler Doug Loth makes his 2nd Grade debut with the club while others with only brief experience in 2s (Jack James 2 matches; Matt Calder 1 match and James Mahony-Brack 1 match) are included in the line-up.

3rd GRADE plays at Petersham Oval: In his 80th match with the club and 51st in 3rd Grade, Ben Stares takes over as skipper from the outgoing Rod Stafford (4th Grade). Up-and-coming stars Jack Standing and Jackson Eldridge make their 3rd Grade debut while new player Jamie Hemphrey makes his NSW Premier Cricket debut. North Sydney finished a spot ahead of us last season in 10th place. Over the years, we have played them 13 times for 10 wins (2 outright), and 3 losses. We have won the past 3 clashes.

4th GRADE is at Tunks Park: The indefatigable David Bourke again leads the side in what will be his 247th for the club and 168th in 4th Grade. Our boys were a very close 8th last year while Norths finished 15th. The side has a similar record to 3s against Norths with 10 wins and only 3 losses.  We won last year but they beat us the season before. Tom Frith, Scott Stirling and Bailey Kenzie all make their debut with the club.

5th GRADE plays at Kensington Oval: After 8 seasons, 90 matches and a record 128 wickets in Metro Cup, Adam Lee takes over as 5th Grade captain this season. And the side will start the season as DEFENDING PREMIERS! Always a hard game first-up after winning the previous season’s comp. but the boys will be keyed up for a big win to start their defence. We had talent to burn in the team last year and this season it won’t be any different. Norths ended up 16th last summer. We played them at this same ground last season and won 3-137 to 136. But our record against Norths is only fair with 7 wins to 6 losses and a couple of draws. 

Metropolitan Cup from Jeremy Jastrzab As the NSW Premier Cricket season gets under way, so does the Metropolitan Cup, where renewal and refreshing of the ranks is high on the agenda us. Once again we provide the distinction of having two teams in the competition, while UNSW also adds another team and Warringah join the ranks for the first time to bring the total number of teams in the competition to 12. It’s a very positive sign for the competition that we haven’t lost any teams this season.

Congratulations to Adam Lee on his ascendancy to 5th Grade captaincy after becoming the leading Metropolitan Cup wicket taker in the club’s history last season, and to the following Metro players from last year who have graduated to Grade Cricket after cutting their teeth in the lower ranks: Neale Crawford, Alex Deller, Hayden Fox, Liam O’Loughlin, Apollo Papathanasiou, Sean Rushton Chintan Sapariya and Damian Sidney. The time is ripe for the introduction for a slew of new players to the club, particularly as the local junior associations look for ways to keep players involved with the game. Thankfully, a large number of the seasoned veterans from last year are going around again, led by 101 game legend, Charith De Silva.

Last year’s captains remain in their respective roles, and Alexis Coovre will lead out the Green team on a newly revamped Marrickville Oval (assuming he takes some time out from knocking in his bat). They take on last year’s competition runners up, Penrith, who have created the most enviable of records across the last three seasons with only four losses across that period. Recently elevated CEO, John Stewart, has to wait until Sunday to take his Gold team to the field, where they’ll be hosted by Sydney University at the ‘classical’ Alexandria Park. The drier than usual lead up to the season should alleviate the usual stickiness of that wicket, as a number of players will be making their maiden Randy Pete debuts, including our latest Irish import, Padraic ‘Paddy’ Flanagan.


Best of luck to everyone for the 2017-18 season. Go the Randy Petes!! 

Lyall Gardner

Richard McCord Scoring Masterclass

Richard McCord Scoring Masterclass (4..62W, 1/12 off 1)

After 40 years and 1401 matches of scoring the great Richard ‘Hubert’ McCord has compiled a tip sheet for young and old scorers coming through the ranks on what he deems are important aspects to become a good scorer.  As you will see many of these tips relate to anything but scoring which shows just how committed Richard is to his club ‘Randwick Petersham Cricket Club’. Editor

Welcome to 2017/18 season,

Scoring is a very challenging career where you can represent your club and potentially your state and country and I’ve broken down my advice into 3 key areas:

1. Pre-season

This is an important part of the season as preparation is key to becoming a good scorer.  Many players are new to the club each season, some from the juniors and some recruited and by getting down to pre-season sessions at Snape Park you can meet the new players and build a relationship from then, rather than during the season.

Trial Matches are also an important way to remove any rust from the off season break without any pressure and will prepare you to be on top of your scoring game in Round 1.  For anyone who wants to volunteer (not just scorers) don’t be afraid to put your hand up and assist if you feel like you can help out the club.

The season launch is usually on the Monday night before round 1 where teams and captains are announced as well as club gear being distributed

Club Gear is so important to wear as you are representing your club.  It makes it easy for officials such as umpires to identify you, and also lifts the team spirit.  Opposition teams also know we mean business!

2. The Season

All the preparation from the pre-season should ensure you have a good season.

Being on time to games is also important.  Generally 1 hour before start time allows you to watch the players warm up, meet the umpires and opposition scorer, get yourself setup with scoring table/chair, and understand where toilets/kitchen/sheds are at the ground.  It is also advised to have a good night sleep and to keep consumption of beverages to a minimum to ensure you stay focussed for the duration of the day

It’s also a great idea to communicate with your captain and have them write down the 11 players in likely batting order, bowling order and who the wicket keeper is.

Having good quality pens, pencils, clips, erasers and a note pad will assist in scoring during the day.

Communication with your opposition scorer is extremely important so that both books match at all times during the day.  The bowling and overall scores should be verified each over, and batsman and sundries should be verified every few overs.  This constant communication will ensure there are no issues at the conclusion of an innings or match, especially if the game is close!

At each break of play confirm with any of the players or captain as to who took catches or run outs if unsure.  Always leave the scorebook open for players, umpires and spectators to view the scorebook during breaks of play.

Be prepared to review your own performance after every day’s play in the quest of continuous improvement.  This will assist in moving up the grades and the scoring ranks.

3. Off-season

Hopefully you’ve become a premiership winning scorer, or scored in finals cricket, but either way it’s important to reflect on the season gone and identify any areas you could improve on for next season

Club functions are an important way to end the season where you can enjoy the company of your fellow volunteers and the players.  There is and end of season function usually on the last day of the season that will be advised via email and social media.  The club AGM is also an important night in July where office bearers are confirmed and awards are given out

It is important to unwind during the off-season and enjoy the winter sports and other interests.  This keeps the mind fresh when pre-season arrives in just a few months.

If there are any questions or advice then don’t be shy in giving me a call on 02 9718 1007.  I am simply looking to give back to the game that has served me well for a long term.

The Great Richard McCord

Announcement: O'Neills Sportswear Official Clothing Partner to Randwick Petersham

O'Neills Irish International Sports Company Ltd. was established in 1918. It is the largest manufacturer of sportswear in Ireland and has manufacturing plants in Dublin and Strabane. They have developed long-standing relationship with Irish Rugby, Football and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). 

Additionally, O'Neills are the kit supplier to Cricket Ireland and were showcased at Coogee Oval in February 2015 and during the 2015 Cricket World Cup in Australia. 

O'Neills Sportswear - the Choice of Champions and now Randwick Petersham Cricket. 



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Taste of Coogee - Call For Volunteers

Call for Volunteers: RPC for Taste of Coogee

The Randy Petes are Proud to Host the Taste of Coogee Food & Wine Festival 2017 at our home ground Coogee Oval on the 2nd and 3rd September. 

This is a perfect opportunity for the entire club to come together to promote our great club and brand and also to invite our family and friends to enjoy the beautiful food and wine on offer over this weekend in a carnival atmosphere. 

Last year's event was hugely successful for the club, so we are again calling on all Randy Petes to help out. If you can help for an hour or more to promote the club on our stall or running cricket coaching clinics we want to hear from you!! Please contact Jeremy Jastrzab - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and John Stewart - 
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Let's make the Randy Petes the Greatest Club in the World. 


Mike Whitney

RPC President

Lefand Group - Randwick Petersham Cricket's New Platinum Sponsor

Randwick Petersham Cricket welcome Lefand Group and Mr Philip Iacovou, Company Director as the Club's new Platinum Sponsor. Lefand is a boutique company providing Professional Building Management Services to Residential and Commercial Owners Corporations as well as Corporate businesses, Hotels and Shopping Centres across Sydney and Interstate.

Lefand leads the way in providing exceptional Building Management solutions to its clients who are seeking a more professional and personal approach to the demands of the ever increasing and sophisticated market place.

Mike Whitney, Club President, welcomed Mr Iacovou and Lefand Group at the recent AGM stating "I am very pleased to welcome a leading Building and Facilities Management company to the Randy Petes sponsorship stable. Lefand have over 20 years experience in this field and the company's dedication and professionalism is evident in Philip's approach to business." In return Mr Iacovou commented how pleased his organisation was to be joining the club in what he considered an exciting partnership. 

Lefand Group offer Pre-Settlement Inspections, Project Management, Building/Facilities Management, Valuations, Security, Cleaning/Gardening Services, Settlement Handover and Concierge Services. They also work closely with developers and new developments, providing a structured system and approach with back end support that allows the developer to concentrate on finalising their project for a seamless handover to the Owners Corporation. This also allows the developer to confidentially move on to their next project without being stuck with the logistics of managing the pre and post settlement stages.

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